One of the most common summer customs is outdoor cooking: barbecue and or charring being one of the most highly practised. Like many modern practices, there is a degree of controversy surrounding outdoor cooking–especially with animal proteins (red/white meat, fish/seafood). Therefore, I want to walk you through the science, and offer some context. So, what exactly is the issue with charring animal proteins? In short, due to their unique structure, when they are heated to temperatures above 212ºF (100ºC), they begin to form highly carcinogenic compounds known as (HAA). HAAs become even more potent at 572ºF (300ºC). So, the higher
Metabolic dysfunctions are fast becoming major risk factors for cardiovascular incidents ie. myocardial infarction, stroke, and non-ischemic cardiovascular disease. The constellation symptoms indicative of metabolic dysfunction include: central obesity (apple body types), glucose intolerance and insulin resistance (eg. non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus), hypertension, dyslipidemia, high markers of inflammation, and poor clotting (hyperfibrinolysis). Given the wide array of symptoms metabolic syndrome was often overlooked, though the current criteria have been established, with three of the five required for diagnosis:
In recent years attention has shifted from total fat to the distribution of fat on a person’s body. The classic apple body type, with the majority of
As mentioned above dyslipidemia is part of the diagnostic criteria for metabolic syndrome, but what does that mean exactly? Well simply put it means high
People with chronically elevated blood sugar levels are twice as likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease and are five times more likely to experience a heart attack. Other frequent complications of having unstable blood sugar levels include retinal damage, blindness (this constitutes 8% of blindness cases in the US), unhealthy blood pressure levels (73% of persons with blood sugar disorders have elevated blood pressure), neuropathy (affecting 60-70% of patients with blood sugar disorders), unhealthy blood vessels, dental disease, increased susceptibility to infections, stroke, kidney failure (main cause of dialysis in developed countries) and ulcer formation, which can lead to tissue damage and amputation (one amputation every 30 seconds worldwide). In some patients, especially earlier in the disease process, exercise, dietary changes and weight loss may restore insulin sensitivity and normalize blood sugar levels. Patients that control their blood sugar levels minimize the damage to their organs (mainly kidneys, blood vessels and eyes) and their incidence of complications is significantly reduced and nearly normal.
High Blood Pressure:
19% of Canadian adults have an unhealthy blood pressure level. Having an unhealthy blood pressure level can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, heart attack